Gottfried Guilty of Tampering with Signed Recruit Devonte Graham?

Daniel Kopatsch

Jeff Goodman suggests as much.

ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman has taken to the twitter to insinuate that Mark Gottfried may have drawn the NCAA's attention by talking with Devonte Graham, the point guard recruit who is currently being held hostage by Appalachian State. Graham, who is prepping at Brewster Academy, figuratively blew up this summer. Now that major programs are interested, he wants out of the LOI he signed nearly a year ago to play for Jason Capel. But, thus far, Capel has refused to release the former Broughton High star.

Graham has stated that he will not suit up for the Mountaineers regardless of whether he is released from his LOI, even if it means sitting out two years and losing a year of eligibility. But unless Graham is released from his commitment to ASU, he is off limits to other coaches. They may not contact him. If Gottfried did tamper with Graham, N.C. State's basketball program will surely get the death penalty (as P.J. Hairston, high and with a firearm, speeds by and waves from the rental car an ex-con provided for him).

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